New York Times and USA Today best-selling author
Nominated Best First Novel, International Thriller Writers
This is a world you would never want to enter . . . or forget
Pull a trigger and everything changes.
Whatever is good and normal dissolves before your eyes. Medical student Laura Nelson had just finished examining her first patient – bullet wound to the head. As she leaves the hospital, an angry voice erupts with obscenities. Shaken and confused, she quickly walks the deserted two blocks to her car, keeping an eye on the dark, riot torn neighborhood around her – eager to get home to her husband and young sons. Suddenly, a rough hand drags her into a violent double crime. A trigger is pulled, and Laura’s world changes forever.
Set amidst the upheaval and smoldering chaos of the Detroit riots of 1967, this story unfolds in a real place at a real time. These riots created a terrible fissure in the social fabric of that city engulfing ordinary people and spinning the normal patterns of life into a downward spiral.
Perfect for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs
While all of the novels in the Laura Nelson Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Shadow of Death
Weapon of Choice
After the Fall
“Shadow of Death is medical suspense at its best original and masterfully plotted. Only a physician who is also a great writer could have crafted this novel. This book will have you gasping for breath.” ―Michael Palmer, New York Times best-selling author
“Set against the wounded, wailing backdrop of Detroit during the cataclysmic race riot of 1967. I doubt we’ll see a better story about this unhealed wound in late twentieth-century history.” —Loren D. Estleman, award-winning author
“Shadow of Death portrays an accurate picture of Detroit during that tough year of 1967. It is realistic, gruesome and stunning, almost shocking in its detail.” ―David Poremba, Manager, Burton Historical Collection Detroit Public Library and author of Michigan
Praise for Patricia Gussin
“Brave, unflinching suspense—elegant, intelligent, and superb.” —Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author
“Reaches deep into the heart of any parent's nightmare, then ratchets up the tension five or six notches more, sending the reader on a roller coaster ride of false leads and fresh suspects that will leave you gasping at the end.” ―Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author
“Relentless suspense and pitch-perfect medical details make this a knockout, a truly infectious thriller you won't be able to put down!” —Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author
“Here is a novel as riveting as it is relentless, driving toward a climax that will have you burning through pages late into the night.” ―James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author
“The lines between right and wrong and good and evil are smudged almost beyond recognition, but there's emotional clout that resonates, all leading to a provocative conclusion.” —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author